Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Ambient temperature display
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Brake pad wear sensors
  • Instrument cluster with high-resolution 4.8-inch TFT colour display
  • Mobile telephone preparation
  • Porsche communication management including navigation
  • Service interval indicator
  • Sports button in centre console
  • Tailgate power closing
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB Power socket for rear seat
  • Connect Plus with Apple CarPlay, wireless internet access, Carfinder, Remote Vehicle Status and Remote Services
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed front wipers + intermittent wipe
  • Adaptive rear spoiler - 4way
  • Aluminium bonnet with tailgate,door and front wings
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Auto dimming interior and driver's door mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Body colour air outlet
  • Dual tube twin turbo tailpipes in brushed stainless steel
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front + rear windows - anti trap + one touch
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Grey tinted heat insulating glass
  • Headlight wash system
  • Heated rear window with auto timer
  • Integral side impact protection
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear diffuser
  • Remote window closing
  • Water repellent glass in front side windows
  • Welcome home function

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 12V socket in glovebox
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 4 way adjustable lumbar support
  • 60/40 asymmetric split folding rear seats
  • Air quality sensor
  • Alcantara roof lining
  • Electric height/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Front armrest + cupholder
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Glove compartment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Integrated front head restraints
  • Integrated rear head restraints
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Storage compartment in front doors
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage net in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Driver memory pack - Panamera
  • Interior lighting pack - Panamera

Safety

  • 3 point front/outer rear seatbelts + pre-tensioners + force limiters on front seats
  • ABD
  • Active bonnet
  • ASR
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Passenger airbag deactivation warning
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • PSM with ABS
  • PTM (Porsche Traction Management)
  • Rear side airbags
  • Red brake calipers
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system with interior rador surveillance
  • Comfort access system
  • Remote control central locking
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Transponder engine immobiliser

Technical

  • Adaptive air suspension + PASM
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Porsche dynamic chassis control

Wheels

  • Sealing compound and compressor kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

212

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

QUAD CAM

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

3996

Compression Ratio

10.1:1

Cylinder Layout

V8

Cylinders

8

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

86

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

91.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TWIN TURBO

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

32

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

30.1

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

39.2

EC Urban (mpg)

22.1

General

Badge Engine CC

4

Badge Power

550

Based On ID

Coin Description

V8

Coin Series

Turbo

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

3.8

Engine Power - BHP

550

Engine Power - KW

404

Engine Power - RPM

5750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

568

Engine Torque - MKG

79

Engine Torque - NM

770

Engine Torque - RPM

1960

Top Speed

190

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

275/40 R20

Tyre Size Rear

315/35 R20

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Turbo

Wheel Type

20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1427

Height (including roof rails)

Length

5049

Wheelbase

2950

Width

1937

Width (including mirrors)

2165

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

90

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

495

Max. Loading Weight

590

No. of Seats

5

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Packs

Paintwork

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Trim

Wheels

Summary

Want the cleverest of all the big supersaloons? You're looking at it right here in the revitalised shape of the Porsche Panamera. Granted, not everyone loves a smart aleck but there's something about the depth of engineering in this car that's both enormously reassuring and hugely effective. Great driving manners are a given. This is a Porsche after all. What's not quite so predictable is the way the Panamera manages to worm its way into your affections after a while. Porsche has made great strides in improving the Panamera's efficiency, while the Plug-in Hybrid model remains an interesting, if pricey left-field option. At the top of the line-up, you still get the crazy Turbo model, while the diesel will remain popular. And overall? Well, we would never have thought it four years ago, but the Panamera might just have become the car to beat in its class.

Background

Named after the Carrera Panamerican road race, Porsche's Panamera is the brand's offering to Luxury segment buyers wanting spacious rear seat accommodation and a properly sporting Gran Turismo driving experience. This model could have ended up being a four-door version of the company's 911 coupe or a low-slung interpretation of the marque's Cayenne luxury SUV. In the event, it's very much its own car, a long, low five-door hatchback that offers something very different in its sector. In this new generation guise, it's smarter, faster, more efficient and, in E-Hybrid form, impressively advanced too. Plus there are standard, long wheelbase and 'Sport Turismo' estate bodystyles. For boardroom buyers who yearn for Brands Hatch, it all promises to be a tempting proposition.

Driving Experience

This being Porsche, we can't just rely on more efficient engines. We also want more power. So that's exactly what's been delivered here. Many British buyers are going to want to consider the new 4S V8 diesel, a 422bhp 4.0-litre unit that puts out an astonishing 627lbft of torque. It makes 62mph in just 4.5s (or 4.3s with launch control) on the way to 177mph. Alternatively, for petrol people, there's a 440bhp 2.9-litre V6 in the Panamera 4S and a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 in the Panamera Turbo, developing 550bhp. Both these two petrol engines are also used in the petrol/electric 'E-Hybrid' plug-in models. At the foot of the range, a 3.0-litre V6 with 330bhp is used in the base petrol model, the only one that can be ordered with rear wheel drive, though even here, 4WD is optional. Other Panameras feature all-wheel drive and all have a ZF-sourced PDK eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. All variants are exceedingly quick. The petrol 4S, which shares its engine with the upcoming Audi RS4 and RS5 models, storms from zero to 62mph in a claimed 4.2 seconds; the Turbo manages it in 3.6 seconds, and in both cases, the optional Sport Chrono package shaves off a further 0.2 second thanks to its launch-control function. Stated top speed is 180mph for the 4S and 190mph for the Turbo. Underneath the sleeker bodywork lies a new mixed-material MSB platform that will also be used for the next-generation Bentley Continental GT. This is not only more rigid, but is also lighter. Optional extras include a new three-chamber air suspension, all-wheel steering and a clever cruise control system that takes into account speed limits, bends and inclines.

Design and Build

The shape is certainly sleeker - and so is what lies beneath. The Panamera is the first model built off the Volkswagen Group's MSB (Modularer Standard-Baukasten) architecture, a lighter, stiffer set-up than before. As before, the sloping roofline and large rear pillars mean that rearward visibility is a little compromised. Otherwise, inside, things are also much improved. Porsche has moved many of the controls to a touch-sensitive panel, with other features accessible via a 12.3-inch colour touchscreen in the centre of the dash - though it's annoying that you have to prod away at this to alter the airflow out of the central vents. There are also a pair of configurable 7.0-inch screens in the instrument binnacle. Here, we'd still prefer a full screen set-up like Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit'. In the back, as before, there are two sports chairs that position rear occupants for a great view out ahead. Legroom still isn't as generous as you'd get in a comparably-priced luxury saloon though. The long wheelbase 'Executive' model improves on that with 150mm of extra length between the axles. If you need space for three people at the back, a 'Sport Turismo' estate bodystyle provides that. The boot of the standard version isn't as big as, say, an S-Class or a 7 Series either but 500-litres will be sufficient for most, a total gowing to 520-litres with the 'Sport Turismo'. You have to lift your stuff over quite a high lip, though there is the bonus of hatchback practicality.

Market and Model

Prices range from around £66,500 to about £147,000, a span which covers a huge range of competitors. There's a premium of £2,000 to £3,000 for the 'Sport Turismo' estate bodystyle - and a much bigger premium (£5,000 to £10,000 depending on variant) for the 'Executive' long wheelbase model. As for competitors, well everything from the Maserati Quattroporte to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Audi S7, the Jaguar XJ and right up to the Bentley Continental GT could be considered rivals for the big Porsche. Despite this huge array of possible rivals, there's really nothing quite like the Panamera. Others may be more elegant, but there are few cars you'd choose over this contender from Stuttgart for demolishing big mileages quite so effortlessly. It's also hard to argue with the amount of kit the car gets as standard. There's a full leather interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM),Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear ParkAssist, tyre pressure monitoring, 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic dimming rear view mirrors, Porsche Communication Management with touch-screen satellite navigation and audio controls, cruise control and a three year warranty. That's on top of adaptive air suspension and a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS).

Cost of Ownership

The big step forward with this generation Panamera is undoubtedly efficiency. Fuel consumption is said to be lower by over 10% in the mainstream models. None of these can of course hold a candle to the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Plug-in model. The claimed combined cycle fuel economy figure with this variant is a faintly ridiculous-looking 113mpg, which in real world scenario will translate to the mid-sixties. When connected to an industrial outlet, the batteries can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC) and it can be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet. Porsche quotes an emissions figure of 56g/km, which is a significant improvement on the previous Plug-in model's 71g/km showing. The V8 diesel version many will choose in the UK manages 42.2mpg on the combined cycle and 176g/km of CO2. As for depreciation across the range, well that's been a bit of a mixed bag to date. The diesel model fares extremely well, while the thirstier petrol variants get hit hard. That's about what you'd expect but the improved efficiency of many of the petrol-engined models should take an edge off depreciation henceforth.